In December 2020, Wandrea’ “Shaye” Moss, a full-time employee in the Fulton County Department of Registration & Elections since 2017, became the target of a vicious smear campaign by then-President Trump and his allies who were seeking to overturn the 2020 election. As a registration officer, Moss mostly handled voter applications and absentee ballot requests. She also helped to process the vote count on Election Day, in addition to other duties. In the wake of a close vote that tipped the state of Georgia to Joe Biden, Trump and his supporters falsely accused Moss of processing fake ballots for Biden during the late-night hours of Election Day. After being identified and targeted by Trump and his followers, Moss received so many death threats and racist taunts that she was forced to change her appearance and go into hiding. She carried out her duties remotely as much as possible. Although state officials repeatedly debunked the accusations against Moss, she receives ongoing harassing and vitriolic messages years after the election. Despite these malicious attacks, Moss continued to serve in the Fulton County Department of Registration & Elections until April 2022 doing the hard and unseen work to run our democracy.
Former Elections Department employee, Fulton County, Georgia